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The Telluride Bluegrass Festival celebrates forty years

New Grass Revival performs at Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 1987.
New Grass Revival performs at Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 1987.
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This year marks the fortieth anniversary of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. To commemorate the occasion, organizer Planet Bluegrass is releasingTelluride Bluegrass Festival: 40 Years of Festivation, a book full of photos and essays by various artists who've performed there. We've reprinted the introduction, written by Telluride's longtime master of ceremonies, Dan Sadowsky, in this week's music feature, now posted on the Backbeat blog.


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